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Public can phone into city council meetings

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 3:42 PDT, Thu May 21, 2020

Last Updated: 11:42 PDT, Fri June 5, 2020

Richmond city council meetings are now accessible by telephone thanks to a new access system.

Council has been meeting remotely since March in an effort to reduce mass gatherings and protect public safety due to COVID-19. This technology enabled council to manage business, but did not allow members of the public to attend remotely or participate during meetings.

Thanks to a bylaw passed Tuesday, members of the public can participate remotely via electronic means. The bylaw applies to agenda items on regular council meetings, special council meetings, standing committee meetings and public hearings. 

People who wish to speak at a meeting must register in advance. They will be sent instructions on how to connect on the day of the meeting.

Concerns on meeting agenda items can also be submitted via email to cityclerk@richmond.ca or mailed to: Mayor and Councillors, City of Richmond, 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6Y 2C1.

The public can still attend council meetings in person, but measures remain in place to adhere to physical distancing requirements and other preventative measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

More information is available at www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/phone-participation.

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